If you can’t get to the away match the next best thing is to spend the early evening in the bar watching the game with your fellow supporters.
There was no possibility of getting to Innsbruck, last weekend, to watch Austria Wien and so I met up with friends at the club bar to watch the match live on TV. The atmosphere and a win for Austria made for a very enjoyable evening, lubricated by the occasional beer. One of those few things I truly miss about England is a pint of real ale from the pump, I just can’t get used to drinking lager – even if the quality of the offering here in Vienna is significantly better than your average English lager. The match itself demonstrated that at times Austrian football can be as good as that seen at an English Premier game or one of the better Championship matches.
Results at the weekend left Austria Wien still sitting at the top of the table and added additional spice to this coming weekend’s big derby game against Rapid Wien. Since the second half of the season started, Austria’s results have propelled them into first place. This improved position has also coincided with yours truly attending home games with my newly acquired season ticket. Alas I doubt my presence has actually added anything to the teams’ performance but may have provided some additional entertainment to those around – particularly due to my habit of jumping up from my seat to provide (in English) much need advice to the referee or their assistants.
This year is the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of Austria Wien, which was originally formed by members of Vienna’s Jewish community in 1911. Winning the league is always something to enjoy (though not something I’ve experienced as a supporter of Leicester City), but to win the title in the clubs anniversary year would be something to remember.
The performance of Austria has gone some way to provide some small comfort, as through the internet, I follow the fortunes of Leicester City. After a run of results that placed them just outside the Championship play-off places their progress in recent weeks has been stalled by a set of poor results. I remain ever hopeful (though this goes against the deep rooted traditions of Leicester fans) that with luck and a change of fortune the team will still sneak into the final play-off place.